Why Choose the Pharmacy Technician Program?
Pharmacy technicians play a vital role in the health care process, ordering and stocking medications, preparing intravenous drugs, processing prescriptions, preparing billing and operating and troubleshooting automated drug-dispensing systems. In fact, as pharmacists are starting to move more into the clinical aspect, pharmacy technicians are taking on more and more responsibility. Our Pharmacy Technician program offers hands-on training in the classroom and laboratory and three months of on-the-job training. This gives graduates a great head start in getting their foot in the door and the training they need to be ready for their career. Employers look for graduates who have trained in the technician duties and responsibilities under the guidelines of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, which govern the curriculum and standards of our program. Career options include working in retail pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, long-term care, jails, and compounding pharmacies. If you have an interest in medicine and a great attention to detail, this program and career path might be the perfect fit for you.
This program now starts every Summer and Winter Quarter.
How Long It Takes:
All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. This estimate includes General Education courses that are part of the program.
Median annual wage in Washington:
$40,100 per year
This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at careerinfo.net.
Pharmacy Technician Program Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the Pharmacy Technician Program, students will:
- Compare and analyze the different aspects of pharmacy to determine career choices.
- Prioritize work assignments and use time management skills effectively.
- Communicate effectively with other healthcare professionals and customers.
- Maintain conduct in a manner appropriate to pharmacy standards in compliance with state and federal laws.
- Pass the National Pharmacy Technician Certification exam.
- Evaluate work quality and generate recommendations for continuous improvement.
- Apply knowledge of pharmacology and generic drug names to select appropriate medication from available inventory.
- Use compounding equipment appropriately.
- Demonstrate 100% accuracy in calculations and choosing correct products for IV admixture.
- Demonstrate effective and accurate multitasking skills.
- Apply problem-solving and decision-making skills to resolve customer concerns, questions, and complaints.
- Work collaboratively as a team member in the work environment.
- Maintain and use the appropriate technological tools and applications (hardware and software) necessary for the management of the pharmacy.
Meet Your Instructors
Trisha graduated from an ASHP accredited program in 1995 and has worked as a pharmacy technician in a hospital, a retail setting and a nursing home. She's been an instructor in CPTC's Pharmacy Technician Program since 2000.